Friday, June 21, 2013

Nesting and Home Projects: The Living Room and Kitchen

We are in full nesting mode here! And dare I say Brendon might be too? He's certainly been taking on some awesome lighting projects! Family and friends have been asking for photos, and since this is our first day in five days with Internet, I'm finally uploading some photos! And since I can't even remember the last time every room of my house was clean and clutter-free, I think it's best we just do the tour one room at a time.

We will start with the living room! Randi came over and did some rearranging. First thing she did was push down the couch and side table a bit to the right and then push back the recliner, to open the room a little. In the rearranging process, the green chaise had to go (a later photo), so I've been trying to add more color. Since this photo was taken, I've already added some some blue-green chevron pillows.

Another view.


And when we had an electrician out this week, I went ahead and had him run a cable down a new wall for our TV. Shocking I know. After almost two years, we brought the TV back to the living room. It was wonderful not having one in the living area, but I'm thinking with a toddler and newborn, I'm going to need a little help while nursing.

You'll also notice that the green chaise has been moved. It is now in our bedroom. And the glider is out in the living room, more of a space issue, though I think it'll be great for nursing while Lilleigh plays.

And the green window behind the TV will be moved. It just hasn't happened yet. And that black canvas to the left of the glider is our summer (aka pre-Adeline) bucket list.

Lilleigh's play area is still behind the couch too! Our living room is huge, and we love that about it! I love that she can play with all of her favorite things and hang out with us at the same time!

And I finally painted the awesome dress-up bin Papa Larry had made for Lilleigh for Christmas!

Brendon has been installing some lights in the kitchen too. Sorry I don't really have a before picture. But we just had a normal light where that was so-so, where the ceiling fan is. And the ceiling fan was a total need in the galley kitchen, which gets oh-so-hot when cooking! We've never had "enough" light in the kitchen though, according to Brendon, so he installed two can lights, one on either side of the fan. Don't they look great?

We've been loving our much brighter kitchen! I may add painting kitchen cabinets to my list of projects. Doubtful that it will happen before Adeline comes though!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Mom's Day Off

My awesome hubby did it again and blessed me with another day off! Okay, so it ended up being more of a morning off... this pregnant momma really can't survive these days without a nap!

Anyway, he gave me some spending money and gave me two requirements: 1) To spend the money, and 2) To do something fun! (Last time I didn't do a great job of either of these...)

So off I went to get a mani and pedi. Pretty toes and a foot rub make all things better. Well, the only thing better might be an awesome deal. And we have pretty much the greatest nail place ever right by my house - they give awesome manis and pedis, without skimping on time, and it's $30 for both. LOVE.

Then I was off to the Galleria, where...

I bought some shoes. A deal? Why, yes. 15% off, thank you very much.

Made a Starbucks stop. I broke my one Starbucks per week rule. But I figured since I had skipped it entirely the week before that it was okay. And I only got a tall.

Then I stopped in at Francesca's and found what I had really been shopping for -- a cute tote bag/ purse that could serve as a diaper bag, without screaming "diaper bag." And one cheap enough that in a few months I could justify buying another... because who doesn't love bags? And how cute is this one? It has a couple of interior pockets, zips shut, and can be carried over my shoulder - all must haves, in my book. And in the back it has an exterior pocket, which was also a requirement for me - gotta have a sippy cup slot!

A new purse, shoes, and Starbucks! And all with money spent pretty freely. It was like I was 18 again! :)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

A Big Sister Update!

With all the pregnancy updates, I figure it's time for a big sister update!

What characterizes Lilleigh at the moment?
  • She's a great eater. Even when she doesn't like something, she usually doesn't throw a fit about eating it. She's really not picky, which is amazing, considering who her parents are! I think it's because we were intentional early on about feeding her healthy meals and snacks and minimal sugar, and we've always made her eat what's in front of her. 
  • Though she's reserved when you meet her, get to know her and she's super chatty! Like talk your ear off for an hour or more, chatty! She's me as a child. I'm pretty sure it's just a sign of her intelligence though! ;)
  • We listen to Seeds of Worship in the car a lot, and it makes my heart rejoice to hear her singing the words of Scripture! What a beautiful thing!  "Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:20-21) She loves repeating the last part - "There your heart will be also." Oh sweet thing! I hope she takes that verse to heart.
  • On the note of singing, she loves singing period. She also loves to dance and loves the piano. I think she may have gotten some of her daddy's musical genes!
  • I've started letting her watch PBS Kids online, since our KERA station (same as PBS) hasn't been working. And she loves Daniel Tiger, Word World, and The Cat in the Hat! 
  • Other than playing dress up, her favorite pastime is playing with her mouse house that Papa Larry gave her! Oh she loooves that house!
  • Now that I am preparing for Adeline, I am so wishing I had written down somewhere (even the blog!) the sizes Lilleigh wore and when. For the most part, I know she has been her size to a T in clothes. i.e. At 3 months, she wore 3 months, and at 4 months, 3-6 month clothes fit better. But I wish I'd written diaper and shoe sizes... Sooo her sizes now are 24 months (some) and 2T; size 7 shoes, though she may be moving up to more 7.5; diaper size 4, though she only wears those at nap and night; and her undies are 2/3T but she could prob move up a size... depends on brand.
  • She loves to wear her hair in a pony tail or a braid, with a clip in her hair. 
  • She insists on wearing dresses. Leggings are okay. Pants, not so much.
  • Lilleigh loves having her nails painted. Speaking of nails, she's been biting them! Grr! 
  • Is she ready for baby sister? Well she says she is, but I am pretty sure she will still be caught off guard when Adeline actually arrives. We babysat a friend's baby today, and I got more than one scowl for holding her... yikes! More on that to come. For now, here are photos...

She has discovered that my tummy is a good pillow! She loves lifting my shirt to see my belly button, point to it, and say "There's Adeline!" Ha. Sweet girl!

She loves to dance, and she loves her sweet friends! Maddie is a friend she adores.

Sweet girls dancing! And Lilleigh is in a Minnie Mouse dress... mine from when I was 3 for Halloween. My mom made it, so it's fun that Lilleigh loves it so much. At the moment, it's her favorite dress up outfit.

She helped me bake cupcakes the other day! After all, Fancy Nancy (her favorite book character) bakes cupcakes, so Lilleigh must also! I didn't even try homemade this time, since my last attempt was a failure. We went for the good stuff. Lilleigh loved eating the powdered mix and then the batter! And of course, the cupcakes!

She looooves her mouse house!

Big girl pig tails! Like for real - on the side of her head and long!

Eek I love this munchkin! She also insists on getting in and out of her car seat all by herself "just like Emily Elizabeth" (the blonde girl who owns Clifford the big red dog).

And I LOOOOVE the matching big sis/ little sis dresses Lilleigh and I picked out online! We ordered them from my friend Dana's Etsy shop! We just got them today. Aren't they adorable! Obsessed.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Over Memorial Day, we went with my dad, brother, and sister to Breckenridge! We ate lots of yummy food - the highlights involved waffles and chicken, baked Alaska, and a homemade peanut butter cup my dad tried to steal from me! We also did some walking around town and shopping, got massages, saw a fox aka "Swiper" (Lilleigh's highlight!), and went to garage sales! Brendon's grandparents also drove over for lunch one afternoon as well, which was fun to see them!

Fam photo! Don't mind my closed eyes... bleh! Good of everyone else though!

Brendon's grandparents came over for lunch one day!

We celebrated Anabelle's birthday! And William LOOOVED Lilleigh - well until she started wanting to sit on his lap all the time, and then he was done. Typical.

The best little homemade donut shop around town!

Carved bears in stores are fun!

We went into a store with Anabelle, and I caught Lilleigh doing this. Totally candid. She was oblivious to me taking a photo.

Best daddy ever! Carrying his little girl around town on his shoulders. Oh and check out Lil's red glitter Toms we found at a garage sale! $10 for brand new ones!!

Airport! It's hard to see, but Lilleigh has her first braid in her hair!

By the end of the trip, we had eaten out so much that Lil's tummy was not having it... made for a fun day at the airport! Oh and the TSA broke our Phil and Teds travel bag. Boooo. But over all, a fun trip!